The following are pictures from Hornaday Reunion. One
picture is identified as such on the back. I have identified
the people I know.
Second from left is Mary Francis Harter Oliver.
Her mother, Mary Hornaday (picture to right)
first married Lewis Harter who died. She then
married Johnathat Hillegas.
Mary Hornaday Harter Hillegas
Young boy, first on left had side, back row is Ralph Oliver. His mother, Mary
Francis Harter Oliver is third fow on right - fourth person from end wearing white
dress with stipes and black at sleeves. I think it is Peter Hoarnaday in back row in
front of door.
Betty Knauf provided the following article which appeared in an unknown newspaper
about the days event.
Mary Francis Harter Oliver is in center of picture in white dress with black tie. Believe it is
her husband, Tom Oliver, on back row to right holding their granddaughter, Genevee
Oliver. Lulu Beghtel Oliver is sitting on front row, first to the left. Next to her is either
Fanny or Ethel Peabody. Behind Lulu is either again Fanny or Ethel Peabody. They were
sisters and as a child, I always got them confused. I think nest to her is Peter Hornaday. I
wonder if the the other elderly man on back row, next to Tom Oliver may be the "Peaboyd
Girls" father Cryus Peabody. His wife Alice, was sister to Mary Frances.Harter Oliver.
HORNADAY FAMILY REUNION
Sketch of the Ancestors of the Family
Who Have Been Among the
The Hornaday relatives to the number of fifty held a reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Foster August 5, 1899. A very enjoyable day was spent by all, one of the features of
the occasion being a big dinner such as is usually served upon such occasions. A.F. Rice was
present and photographed the group. It is the intention of this family to make the reunion a
permanent matter, meeting once yearly.
It may not be out of order to give a short history of this family, which can lay claim to the
proud distinction of being one among the founders of our grand republic.
Upon the maternal side of their ancestry was a father and son, Copeland by name, who fought
in the revolution. The father while wounded lay in a hollow log concealed from the British and
was cared for by his friends.
Christopher Hornaday, a wealthy planter of North Carolina, married Nancy Copeland, of the
same colony. As they were married before revolutionary times, North Carolina was not then a
state. Christopher Hornaday did not believe in slavery, but held one negro servant who was
called "Steve." Christopher was the father of four sons and three daughters, viz: John, Saul,
Samuel, Isaiah, Keziah, Mary and Ann. Keziah married a Davis, Mary a Hadley and Ann a
John, Mary and Samuel came from North Carolina to Indiana. John settled near Indianapolis
and has a number of descendents now living in and about Indianapolis. Samuel Hornaday
married Anna Alexander in North Carolina in March, 1812, and lived in Randolph County,
that state. Her father came from Ireland when he was 10 years old. Samuel Hornaday's
father came from England. To this union were born eleven children. Seven of these children
were born in North Carolina viz: Alfred, Enos, Elizabeth, Nancy, Mary, Keziah and Rebecca.
Samuel moved to Fayette county, Indiana, in 1822. He lived there nearly twenty-five years.
While living there Sibba, Sarah, Horace and Simeon were born. Horace died in infancy. All
of the others lived to be men and women. He moved to Wabash county in 1845, entering a
quarter section of land about seven miles southeast of North Manchester, which is now owned
by his grandchildren, Peter and Anna Hornaday. Of Samuel Hornaday's family there are six
daughters still living, five of whom were at the reunion They are Elizabeth Klinck, age 82;
Nancy Sutton 81;, Keziah Hornaday and Rebecca Lockhart (twins) 76, Sibba Rockwell 74
and Sarah Foster 72.